paul ryan posed a question. he said, "wouldn't it be a good idea to introduce personal savings accounts? and wouldn't that put social security on a more stable, secure footing, going forward? when this improve the solvency of the system?" alan greenspan's response had to come as a surprise to the congressman. he said, "i would not say that social security is on on sound footing today, because there is nothing to prevent the federal government from creating all of the money it wants and paying it out to someone." that is a quote. the issue, he said, is, will the real sources be there in the future for retirees when they are needed? he turned the focus away from financial resources, which can always be there, to the real resources, which is what we should be focusing on -- employing people, producing the capital, the goods for the next generation, having the real resources. it is what matters.